Julie McCrossin weds partner
Aussie comedian Julie McCrossin has wed her long-time partner Melissa Gibson in a ceremony in New York.
The couple have been together for 18 years and have two children. The pair finally decided to tie the knot last week even though their marriage will not be recognised by the Australian government.
Marriage equality advocates have congratulated the comedian and her partner on their nuptials and urged the Australian government to recognise the overseas marriages of same-sex couples.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said, "Julie has been a strong supporter of marriage equally for many years and on behalf of supporters of the reform I wish her and Melissa every joy and happiness in their married life together."
Despite the fact more Aussies are flocking to wed overseas, the federal marriage act fails to recognise these same-sex marriages.
"Like all other Australian couples who marry overseas, Julie and Melissa's joy will be tempered by the fact that their solemn vows of lifelong commitment will count for nothing when they walk back through Australian customs,” Croome said.
Last month Greens Senator Hanson-Young announced she would introduce legislation to parliament calling for recognition of overseas same-sex marriages. Last week the Attorney General announced the government had told the British High Commission they had no objection to Australian couples (where one partner is a British citizen) wedding in UK consulates. Of course these marriages would be invalid under Australian law.